Welcome to a new feature here at Horror Squad you can expect to find every Wednesday and Friday. It's called I Would Have Saved/Killed and it goes like this: one of our writers will pick a character, big or small, from a movie and explain how they, for whatever reason, would have altered the fate of that character.
Don't worry, we will never spoil anything pre-jump, though obviously everything after the break is operating under the assumption you've seen the film to the right, so be warned. And a big tip of our hat to Arbogast on Film for inspiring us with his post The One You Might Have Saved.
Method of Demise: Dispatched in grisly fashion by Jigsaw. Or was she? Caught in another deadly trap, Kerry pushes through and burns her hand badly in the acid, but succeeds in acquiring the key she needs to escape. She pulls the key out, puts the key in the lock, opens the lock, but nothing happens. She's still trapped and the clock is ticking. Then a figure steps out of the shadows, Dina says "you" and the trap goes off, ripping her ribs out of her body. We find out later that Jigsaw's apprentice Amanda has been acting on her own, creating no-win scenarios, traps that have no escape.
Verdict: I would have saved her.
Reason: I love Dina Meyer. Oh you need more of a reason than that? OK, fine. The first time I saw this film, I remember being really bothered by the no-win traps. The reveal that it was Amanda acting alone makes sense, but it didn't change the fact that the first time through it went felt like the 3rd entry in the series was changing the villain from demented genius trying to teach people to appreciate life to simple, albeit creative murderer. Upon rewatching with the knowledge that Jigsaw doesn't agree with Amanda's choices, it makes it an easier pill to swallow.
Nonetheless, I wish Kerry had lived. She won her release, she did what was asked of her, and yet she had to die. And frankly, she was the only worthwhile law enforcement agent in the series. Danny Glover was all well and good, but he was a one trick pony in the first. Kerry was all set up to carry over throughout the series, and her untimely demise led to the introduction of cookie cutter cops played by bland, uninteresting actors who all end up looking alike and blending together. Is the death of Kerry the reason 4 and 5 went so far down hill? Probably not, but at least if she had lived she would have livened up the proceedings in those subsequent sequels.
At least part 6 got things back on track. In fact, I kinda think a big reason why 6 worked was because it went back to the well using some of the same ideas from part 3. I wasn't a big fan the first time through, but Saw III has steadily grown on me, and is now one of my favorite entries. It's twisted take on hate, revenge, and forgiveness elevates it above the mere traps and deaths trappings of some of the other films. I realize I'm in the minority, but I'm looking forward to Saw ViI and I'll be there for the midnight show, whether they find a way to bring back Dina Meyer or not.